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February 22, 2024

Airborne 02.22.24: Set Jet Kaput, Eclipse Chase, Defending GA-Again

 Also: Lakewood Airport v SportAv Haters, UTI-Miramar A&P Program, AERO Friedrichshafen, SnF 24 Update

 
 
Set Jet, a private jet operator hoping to carve out a niche offering by-the-seat charter flights, has quietly folded up shop and closed down after running out of investor money. For the firm's almost 3,000-strong membership base, the news is bad all around, according to an apologetic but disappointing email. Set Jet's operations are completely closed. Delta Air Lines will be offering passengers a chance to view the upcoming solar eclipse from the air, using an Airbus A220-300 with "premium viewing, extra-large windows" to follow the path of the eclipse at its peak. Delta Flight DL 1218 will take off from Austin, Texas a

Rack 'Em Up... Gulfstream Announces New City-Pair Records

G700 Sets New Standard for 50 Legs En Route to Singapore

Gulfstream arrived at the Singapore Airshow with 50 city-pair speed records under its wing, making a trip of 5,197 nm in 10h13m using a brand-new G700. The trip began in Los Angeles, California, to Nice, France in the first leg at an average speed of 0.90 Mach. Then, Gulfstream did it again, heading from Nice to Singapore for a 5,754 nm trip in 11h30m at the same speed. That made its 51st speed record for the marque, who keeps setting new standards in just how quickly global trade hubs can be connected with their ultra-capable G700. Previously, the model made the run from Savannah, Georgia to Tokyo, Japan in 10h53m, running at an average speed of 0.91 Mach.

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GAMA Sees 3.6% Rise in Aircraft Shipments

2023 Report Paints Picture of Healthy Enough Industry Cooling Off from 2021 High

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) showed that business is doing all right, with all aircraft segments seeing a modest 3.6% increase in shipments over 2022. Overall, the biggest winners were surprisingly piston aircraft, at an 11.8% increase over 2022 shipments. The runners-up were turbine helicopters and turboprop fixed-wing aircraft, training at 10.4% and 9.6% increases respectively. Overall, a 3.6% industry-wide increase isn't quite bad, but not really impressive after the eye-popping bull run seen in the post-pandemic years. Last year, 2022 was reported to boast a 6% increase over the previous year, and 2021 an even better 10.2% increase ov

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Congressman Donalds Calls to Modernize ATC At Page Field

Fort Myers Airport Looking a Little Ragged, Say Locals

Fort Myers airport tower "needs to be modernized and rebuilt" according to a letter to the FAA from Southwest Florida Representative Byron Donalds. “The antiquated Air Traffic Control Tower at Page Field is of great concern to several aviation companies, aircraft owners, aviation flight academies, and individuals that live in the Southwest Florida community… My office has heard of several instances of unprofessional Tower controller actions," said Donalds.

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Flying Cloud Airport Sees Bonanza

Twin Cities Fields Find Double-Digit Rise in Activity

Airports ringing the Minneapolis Twin Cities have been seeing a continued surge in activity, with Flying Cloud Airport seeing a 12% bump while nearby relievers gain more than 8% in flights. The Metropolitan Airport Commission overseeing the regional operations said that the region is seeing increased activity across the board - individual aircraft operations jumped up to 370,500 over last year's 242,100. The ring of reliever airports surrounding their primary airport, Minnesota Saint Paul, have been carrying a greater load as that hub alone saw nearly 324,000 operations in 2023.

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Sustainability Focus at AERO Friedrichshafen

German Exhibition Emphasizes Eco-Friendly Theme

The big European aviation exhibition is once again on for this spring, with AERO Friedrichshafen running from April 17th to the 20th. This year will place a focus on the "future of aviation", allowing exhibitors to show off the latest and greatest in sustainable fuels, propulsion systems, aerodynamic advancements, and innovations that "lead aviation into the future." The capstone of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, the final day of the show, when a bevy of electric aircraft will take to the air.

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AMO Flight Engineer Recognized for Half Century of Service

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Engineer Racks up 50 Years, 23,000 Flight Hours in P-3

Paul J. Waeghe, Junior will be retiring this year after 48 years and 23,000 hours as a P-3 flight engineer. Waeghe has spent the bulk of his life in federal service of one stripe or another, entering the US Navy in 1973. He operated in a P-3 training patrol squadron, working his way upwards in units operating the same platform. Eventually, he found himself a flight engineer instructor and evaluator, even overseeing a Naval executive detachment that oversaw travel for the admiralty.

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Airborne 02.14.24: Iran 747 Repo!, Unmanned Caravan, NetJets Deal

Also: Next-Gen Space Suit, Enstrom Repair Station, AIAA Honors Langford, FAA on Mental Health

A Boeing 747 once owned and operated by Iranian carrier Mahan Air has been handed over to the US authorities, after the country filed a complaint that the plane's sale to a Venezuelan cargo line violated sanctions. The aircraft was sold off from Mahan Air to Empresa de Transporte Aéreocargo del Sur SA, a subsidiary of CONVIASA, a state-owned company in Venezuela. Reliable Robotics has hit another milestone on its way to FAA certification of its autopilot and navigation systems. The company established an agreement with the FAA on what testing and a

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Klyde Morris (02.19.24)

Klyde Bemoans The Reality of Recurrency...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Eve Air Mobility Signs Deal with SkyScape of Japan

SkyScape Becomes 13th Customer for Eve Traffic Management Suite

Eve Air Mobility signed a deal with SkyScape, a Japanese vertiport development and management company for the use of the former's Urban Air Traffic Management System. The deal will roll out Eve tech to Japan, as a part of their greater national push towards Advanced Air Mobility tech. The announcement makes Skyscape the 13th such customer to select Eve traffic systems, and the 6th Urban Vertiport client in all. Eve has continued to carve out a niche for itself on the software side of AAM, breaking from a pack of competitors as they focus almost entirely on the aircraft and hardware side.

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Airborne 02.14.24: Iran 747 Repo!, Unmanned Caravan, NetJets Deal

Also: Next-Gen Space Suit, Enstrom Repair Station, AIAA Honors Langford, FAA on Mental Health

A Boeing 747 once owned and operated by Iranian carrier Mahan Air has been handed over to the US authorities, after the country filed a complaint that the plane's sale to a Venezuelan cargo line violated sanctions. The aircraft was sold off from Mahan Air to Empresa de Transporte Aéreocargo del Sur SA, a subsidiary of CONVIASA, a state-owned company in Venezuela. Reliable Robotics has hit another milestone on its way to FAA certification of its autopilot and navigation systems. The company established an agreement with the FAA on what testing and analysis

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NTSB Prelim: Beechcraft BE58

Airplane Suffered Substantial Damage From Hail To The Leading Edges Of Both Wings, The Vertical, And Horizontal Stabilizers

On January 26, 2024, about 1755 central standard time, a Beechcraft BE58, N811CW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near DeRidder, Louisiana. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that the airplane was in cruise flight at 11,000 ft mean sea level (msl), near DeRidder, Louisiana, when he asked for and received a new heading from Air Traffic Control (ATC) to avoid weather ahead.

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Classic Aero-TV: Anticipating Futurespace - Blue Origin Visits Airventure 2017

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Flight-Proven Booster On Display At AirVenture…

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is known primarily as a celebration of experimental and amateur-built aircraft. But over the years, the scope of the show has grown to include all aspects of aviation and aerospace. Enter Blue Origin, an aerospace company that has seen significant success over the past two years launching and recovering reusable boosters with an eye towards suborbital space tourism and commercial space launches. And this year, the Blue Origin New Sh

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.22.24)

Aero Linx: Dyersburg Army Air Base Veteran's Museum The Museum is owned and operated by The Dyersburg Army Air Base Memorial Association, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1992 by Pat Higdon and Martha Crites, both of Halls. The exhibits on display at Dyersburg Army Air Base not only celebrate the rich history of the grounds we stand on, but also the incredible sacrifice that our Veteran's have made throughout all major US conflicts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.22.24): Spoofing

Spoofing Denotes emissions of GNSS-like signals that may be acquired and tracked in combination with or instead of the intended signals by civil receivers. The onset of spoofing effects can be instantaneous or delayed, and effects can persist after the spoofing has ended.  Spoofing can result in false and potentially confusing, or hazardously misleading, position, navigation, and/or date/time information in addition to loss of GNSS use.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.22.24)

“For the first time in more than a decade, the general aviation manufacturing industry has eclipsed 4,000 aircraft delivered. In addition to this strong showing, there are robust and growing order backlogs for all segments of aircraft. This is a testament to the resilience of our industry and the integral role that general and business aviation plays in our communities. While the deliveries from 2023 are very encouraging, our industry faces headwinds from ongoing supply chain issues, workforce shortages, uncertainty and unpredictability from global regulators, and short-sighted efforts aimed at curbing business and general aviation, particularly in Europe. As civil aviation’s innovation incubator, our entire GA industry is focused on new aircraft and technologies tha

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